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Old Reading Beer - Ruckus Brewing

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Old Reading BeerOld Reading Beer

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 03-15-2007)
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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine picked this up randomly. Neither of us had seen it before. No info on the bottle at all. A bubbly golden yellow with one finger of head. Smells of faint malt with some lemon rind. Taste is crisp and smoother than expected. A light Pilsner malt taste with some dry zesty lemon hop bitterness that is mild but balanced. The beer had a great carbonation all the way down and was very smooth

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:34:19 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

12-12-2013 15:19:19 | More by HRamz3
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

08-28-2013 23:57:06 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

02-27-2013 01:24:34 | More by ko21361
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I reviewed Old Reading in a CAN when it had recently been revived by a couple of local entrepreneurs. They subsequently folded and Ruckus took over the label. It is still being brewed at The Lion in Wilkes-Barre FWIW.

From the bottle: "The Touch of the Pennsylvania Dutch".

I got an initial finger of French Vanilla-colored head which fell pretty quickly while I was typing. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. Croesus and Midas were seen scouring my reefer for another bottle. Sorry, fellas, just this one. Nose had an odd chemical/disinfectant smell to it. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium and thankfully, it did not taste like it smelled. Instead, it had a clean, honey-like lager taste that is the hallmark of an adjunct-free lager. Hallelujah, Hollywood! I do not think that even the original brand was adjunct free, so this represents an upgrade and retooling of the recipe. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. Very nice, except for the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 18:29:06 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

11-18-2012 06:06:47 | More by LJWalker
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I assume that this is the same-ish beer currently being distributed in these parts as 'Reading Premium Beer'. Also, does this have something to do with that railroad from Monopoly?

This beer pours a clear, quite pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin, foamy white head, which melts away before my eyes, leaving nothing in the way of even semi-permanent lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet pastry-like malt, more toward the southern biscuit or bready side of things, with a slight drupe fruitiness, and a bit of light grassy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is more sweet, grainy malt, rather redolent of a bakery's enticing general essence, some aged orchard fruit, and nicely metered leafy, grassy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sublimated and sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and all is smooth enough. It finishes sweet and malty, the pastry notes just not willing to let go.

A tasty APA, I suppose, but focused in a quite different direction than I have steeled myself against lately - no big Yankee hops, no caramel malt. This is actually more of what I've come to expect from an above average American Blonde Ale. APA, ABA - more than splitting hairs, I know, but it's good to have an idea what you're getting into in such a broad category (with either style, I might add).

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:45:05 | More by biboergosum
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4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

08-20-2012 01:58:08 | More by IPAchris
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-12-2012 00:41:17 | More by AdamP
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-04-2012 19:56:54 | More by bluerabbit
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-01-2012 23:43:37 | More by JAHMUR
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

03-11-2012 02:41:12 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-09-2012 05:16:24 | More by SHCC
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

03-02-2012 18:24:05 | More by gigoat
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1/5  rDev -69.8%

01-11-2012 20:53:04 | More by khargro2
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2/5  rDev -39.6%

12-26-2011 06:46:35 | More by jophish17
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cyrstal clear, slightly pale, honey-yellow coloring with a splotchy covering of filmy head. Toasted grain and malty nose, with a light dry hopping. Slight cling on the glass that slides down along with the beer. Flavors are toasty and bold, with a honey malt sweetness, and a slight pepper spicing to clean the palate. Mid-bodied, and with decent flavors profiles and blending. The beer has a semisweet honey aftertaste, with some roastiness once again. Clean, smooth finish, combined with the low ABV and light body makes this a very sessionable beer, and it would be great in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 23:55:27 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation that creates a thin white head that dissipates immediately.
Smell has a bit of a good biscuit wheat smell to it. Not much on top of that.
Taste is average. There is a nice biscuit taste with a bit of a sweet taste to it as well.
Mouthfeel is okay. There is a medium thickness and a bit of a refreshing carbonation.
Drinkability is okay. I could slug a ton of these if need be, but the taste isn't where you would want it to be. A good throwback beer, which I am a big fan of, but I would get bored with it after a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:32:41 | More by BDIMike
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3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden in color. Fizzy head that fades fast leaving behind slight lacing and film.

S: Not much here, but decent enough. Sweet, pale malts..sort of bready.

T: Crisp and clean. Sweet, bready malts with a grassy hop backend. Not half bad.

M: Carbonation gives this a slightly fizzy feel. Moderatly dry finish.

O: Not bad for style. If you're looking for something better than Budweiser, but want to spend around the same amount of money, this might be a good option for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:23:08 | More by titosupertramp
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of these from the store expecting another typical macro lager on par with bud, or coors, but I was surprised by the quality. Reading has a lively gold color with a finger of white head that settles nicely. A pleasant malty smell and sweet bready flavor. Its as cheap as budweiser but way better, I'd get another case hands down.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 20:33:37 | More by LAMAGS
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden color, average white head dissipates moderate fashion.

A sweet, heady malty aroma, subtle sweet fruits, sour yeasty, peppery and cold spring water in the aroma.

A very delicate, light lager feel with simple but very effective flavor's in a classic style. The malt is sweet and bready, not overlly hefty, sour-dry notes, complex yeast with great balance. This one oozes authenticity and quality. An intesrting version of classic from long ago, victorian-Industialization era beer, a true throw-back with new life.

A classic lager recipe for today.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 00:01:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this before so it should be interesting to review it. I usually enjoy lighter (not literally!) ales and lagers in the summer.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Crispy, sweet malt greets the nose. A hint of buttery bread is also detectable. Very basic.

Very crisp with a strong, sweet hint of buttery malt. A little too rough for my taste buds.

Mouthfeel is watery towards the back, which I don't consider to be a good thing.

I can see the appeal of this beer but I just don't agree with the general consensus on it. It's not horrible but the "bite" turns me off. Worth a try still.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:22:12 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved the beer and so did my backyard full of friends who attended my Memorial Day BBQ. I wish I could get more but limited supply down here in NC. The taste was clear and clean with no aftertaste. I guess I will have to make a run to PA next time I go north to fill my truck up with a few cases.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 18:42:55 | More by mwbecker
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Pabst mug (because I assume it will be a similiar crumby beer)

A - pretty typical of a macro beer but maybe a little bit more golden and not quite so pale.

S- not much of any smell.

T - The taste is a lot like most main stream adjunct lagers, but a little sweeter. There is more of a fruity, bubble gum type taste but its weird.

M - A little too carbonated for my mouth, like most mainstream beers. The carbonation really seems to begin to bubble once it hits your mouth. Just pure effervescence.

O - If I were completely poor, I would buy this. But since I have never seen it before, and I buy a ton of beer, a mainstream readily available beer would be more likely to get my business. Decent for what it is, but in the realm of beer nothing good at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:18:33 | More by jifigz
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Old Reading Beer from Ruckus Brewing
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